Karma 2018
Video Installation, Eight Channel Projection Mapping, Size (32.8ft x 87ft) x 8, 3min 9sec loop, 2018 © Daphne Jiyeon Jang

Eight channels video projection installation, “Karma”, based on the story of the classic Mascaron -Caryatids. This is a familiar form of traditional architecture in Europe, used widely as a type of ornament or columns. Interestingly, most of the Mascarons statuary are posed holding eaves – female figures holding up the burden. Most of the caryatids have been holding this burden for more than hundreds of years. Artist felt that these sculptures possessed a character and identity that was timely, as if they were saying to the viewer “it shouldn’t be such a burden.”

‘KARMA’는 유럽 문화에서 우리가 쉽게 찾아볼 수 있지만 작자미상의 ‘카리아티드’ 혹은 ‘마스카론’이라 불리우는 조각상-무거운 처마를 지고 있는 여인상을 바탕으로 한 작업이다. 이들은 수 세기동안 묵묵히 존재해오며, 현재까지 도시의 일부가 되어 그들 자손의 터전을 지탱하고 그들의 문화를 짊어지고 있다. ‘KARMA’ 속 여인들은 시간이 흐를수록  그들의 짐을 고통스러워하며 서로 눈치를 본다. 그러나 그들의 짐을 내려놓지 못하고 견디는 모습을 담고있다. 

  • From Wall to Space

For “Karma”, Jang invites “viewers” to a new form of installation.

The composition of the work is drawing as eight channels that divided from one channel and these moving images installed as an expanding form on several walls or whole spaces. To be specific, in previous work, “Moving Sculpture” was normally drawn on one sight with one channel or several channels which also played on one sight. Whereas, “Karma” played north and south side of the space. As so, “Karma” is designed for showing on every eight different columns with eight different Mascarons in the Sculpture Court of Edinburgh College of Art, The University of Edinburgh. By dividing channels and spaces, it brought about various impacts. 

First and foremost, as moving images – “Moving Sculpture” – are installed by using whole space, viewers can feel more a real- live sculpture.

 Moreover, by editing a playing format of the moving image, it takes effect that it looks more moving sculpture not a video. In other words, the viewer cannot notice the starting and ending point by editing the movement pattern and also looping the moving image; in previous work, Moving Sculpture comprised with a moving image that has a clear starting and ending story line, and therefore the format was looks more a likely a video. However, by looping the moving image over and over again, viewers can feeling of the movement from “Moving Sculpture”.

“Karma” reflected the possibility of the media-facade show.  By diving channel, the work can use more spaces, and it brings about an effecting as media-facade. Also, One of the merits of media art is that a moving image can be applied to other venues. Although ”Karma” has designed for the Sculpture Court of ECA, it can be transformed into any other formats for any other venues such as gallery or museum spaces by directly editing form.